School of Theology and Ministry beloved liturgical faculty member and theologian, Rev. Dr. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, passed away last month after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Gláucia helped promote STM’s worship policy and practice, and assisted with the establishment of the Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. She was most known and loved for her Summer Liturgical Institute, during which she invited her friends and liturgical colleagues, internationally-known liturgists Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop, to come and guest lecture for a week on arts, music, liturgical dance, and worship. The students thoroughly enjoyed it as one of the highlights of their summer.
During her tenure from 2000-2007, Gláucia taught many worship and liturgy courses, including Theology and Practice of Worship, Preaching the Word: Homiletics, and Theology in an Ecumenical Context.
School of Theology and Ministry Faculty and Professor of Systematic Theology, Mark Lloyd Taylor said,
“What an amazing Christian, woman, human being Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey was: Brazilian and Presbyterian; conversant in Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, German, Korean; musician and cook, gifted teacher and dear friend. She enticed Roman Catholics and Unitarian Universalists and everybody in between into the beauty and mystery of worship. As her book, Worship and Culture, proves, she gathered diverse people, connected them in novel ways, and cajoled us to be our very best. Gláucia was fearless in her love of church, of liturgy, and of God's people and ever delightful in hospitality.”